Why 5 Million People Visit Yellowstone Park Annually
Yellowstone Park has a wide variety of attractions that draw a lot of visitors. There are geysers, hot springs, a grand canyon, forests, and more, and our Yellowstone tour guides are here to help you find the best!
Located in the Upper Geyser Basin, Old Faithful is the largest concentration of geysers and hot springs in the world. It’s also the park’s number one attraction and is a great reason to visit Yellowstone. Currently, Old Faithful erupts 20 times a day. Eruptions can be predicted within about a 10 minute variation based on prior eruption length and water discharge.
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the many unique reasons why 5 million people visit Yellowstone Park annually. The travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs have formed over thousands of years as hot water laden with calcium carbonate flows over them. Over two tons of carbonate are deposited in Mammoth every day! Additionally, Mammoth is both a town and a geological formation, providing a wealth of amenities including history, lodging, and restaurants. Mammoth is also a great place to see wildlife. You can often spot elk grazing in the area and in the fall, you can even witness the rut.
South Rim Trail – Artist Point
If you want to see one of the most awe-inspiring views in the park, head out on the South Rim Trail to Artist Point. It’s a great option for a Yellowstone vacation package. If the weather’s good, you may even be able to see a rainbow over the Lower Falls from Artist Point! During the summer, this hike gets extremely busy so it’s best to try and get up early to beat the crowds. The trail begins at Chittenden Bridge and ends at Artist Point. It’s a 1.9-mile round-trip.
Yellowstone Park is home to a unique mix of geothermal features and wildlife. It holds half of the world’s geysers, mud pots, hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The park also boasts a variety of grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, elk and bison. Visitors can catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures while traveling through the park, and some animals are easier to see than others.
Mud volcanoes occur where layers of water-saturated clay rocks in the Earth’s interior are under pressure from above, driven upward by nearby gas. They are usually small, just a few inches or meters tall. The mud volcano in Yellowstone Park is unique because it has enough acidity to destroy stone, creating bubbling mud pools and spitting hot springs. This area also has one of the most powerful odors in all of Yellowstone, thanks to hydrogen sulfide gas that escapes from the ground here atop a resurgent dome within the magma chamber of the Yellowstone Caldera. Contact us to start planning your next adventure now!